Natural Hair Care is BIG business. Every day, someone comes up with a new “trick” for caring for natural hair, that usually involves you purchasing some new product that will help you retain moisture. . or that will help your hair grow. And I’ll admit, since I went natural on August 13, 2014, I have tried all kinds of methods on my coarse, high porosity hair to help me maintain moisture. And I’ve only found one that works: The L.O.C. Method. (L.O.C. = Leave-In. Oil. Cream.)
I know you see references to The L.O.C. Method in all of your natural hair reading. It’s POPULAR; and it should be because for Naturalistas like me that battle with really dry hair, it works; and it’s just a bonus that you don’t have to use it every day to keep your natural hair moisturized.
When and How to Use the L.O.C. Method
Any time your hair is feeling dry, or when you need to clean it, use the L.O.C. method to condition and seal-in moisture. You can massage your scalp during each step of the L.O.C, method. Just don’t forget when you wash, you’ve got to seal in the moisture with oil and reinforce your hair follicles to prevent breakage.
I use the following products for my L.O.C, method:
Leave-in Conditioner: Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream
- Oil: Generic WalMart brand olive oil.
- Cream: eitherHawaiian Silky Miracle Worker 14 in 1
or Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie Coconut & Hibiscus
I personally use the L.O.C. Method most days of the week, but that’s because I run 5 days a week and don’t like to walk around with stinky hair. And when I wash my hair, I wash out the dirt, oil and cream. I return that balance using the L.O.C. Method. Well, the L.C.O Method, but keep reading to figure out what that’s all about.
My Twist on the L.O.C. Method: L.C.O.
Now, you just read an entire article on how I use the L.O.C. Method, and here I go with a disclaimer about how I don’t really use the L.O.C. Method. LOL. Yeah. Sorry about that.
So, in the last six months, I’ve tweaked the order of the products I use in the L.O.C. Method, so it turns out that I’m using the L.C.O. Method. I don’t know why, but my moisture retention and shine is just better when I put the oil on last. . and I’m a general non-conformer so to keep my hair consistent with my life, I’ve decided to mix things up.
If you’re dealing with dry, natural hair, give it a try. It’s taken me from being frustrated with the look of my natural hair and being excited each day about wearing my wash-and-go. Let me know what you think either way in the Comments below.